Dialysis

Asked by  | 27th Nov, 2009, 08:18: AM

Expert Answer:

The obvious disadvantage of haemodialysis is that, to a large extent, you will have plan your life around your dialysis sessions. For example, if you were to travel to another country you would have to pre-arrange access to dialysis facilities.

Another disadvantage of haemodialysis is that your diet, and the amounts of fluid that you drink, will need to be restricted. For example, many people receiving haemodialysis have to avoid foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, chocolate, and crisps, and are usually advised not to drink more than a couple of cups of fluid a day.

The dialysis access site on your body can become infected no matter what type of dialysis you choose.

People who undergo hemodialysis can have complications relating to narrowing of the blood vessels and may eventually need to use peritoneal dialysis if several access sites fail. Repeated infections at the access site, whether bacterial or fungal, can result in a need to switch from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis.

Malnutrition and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels can occur in peritoneal dialysis patients.

Increased abdominal pressure because of peritoneal fluid can result in an abdominal hernia or back pain in peritoneal dialysis patients.

Answered by  | 29th Nov, 2009, 09:59: AM

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